Dual KU Faculty Book Talk Scheduled at the KU Bookstore: Akiko Takeyama and Kathryn A. Rhine
For Immediate Release
Lisa Eitner, Event Coordinator
University of Kansas
LAWRENCE, KANSAS – University of Kansas anthropologists Akiko Takeyama and Kathryn A. Rhine will present a dual talk for new books based on extensive fieldwork. The talk will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 22, 2016 in the Jayhawk Ink Lounge of the KU Bookstore on level two of the Kansas Union, 1301 Jayhawk Boulevard, in Lawrence. The event is co-sponsored by the KU Department of Anthropology and the KU Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. A reception and book signing will follow the talk, and the public is invited.
Akiko Takeyama, associate professor of sociocultural anthropology and women’s studies, is the author of Staged Seduction: Selling Dreams in a Tokyo Host Club (Stanford University Press, March 2016). The book explores the recent phenomenon of male hosting in Tokyo’s Kabuki-cho red-light district. Takeyama notes that the popularity of host clubs in Tokyo is partially a product of changing gender roles but is complicated by the individual motives involved and the stigma that continues against both hosts and clients. Takeyama, whose research interests include the commercialization of feelings, emotions and romantic relationships, has gone underground over the past 10 years in Tokyo’s red-light districts to study the dynamics of Japanese hosting.
“An exquisite ethnography of host clubs in Tokyo, Staged Seduction describes the daily trials of commodified romance for buyers and sellers. It provides a cultural kaleidoscope into the lives of youth confronting a precarious labor market, women and their aging insecurities, and consumption in late capitalism.”
- Rhacel Salazar Parrenas, University of Southern California
Kathryn A. Rhine, associate professor of sociocultural anthropology, is the author of The Unseen Things: Women, Secrecy, and HIV in Northern Nigeria (Indiana University Press, April 2016). The book uncovers how ordinary African women live with HIV following increased access to antiretroviral therapies, defying the gender inequality and continuing stigma around the disease. Rhine found that the women employed an ethic of concealment while seeking a brighter future through marriage, childbirth, education and work. Rhine’s research began in 2003 as global donors ramped up aid to African nations to make antiretroviral therapies widely available. She spent more than 13 years working with African women and following their life trajectories.
“The Unseen Things is a collection of poignant narratives documenting how HIV-positive women in northern Nigeria maintain hope and assert agency while living with a highly stigmatized disease. This is an ethnographic masterpiece, detailing how the women embody normalcy, particularly as they seek marriage partners in the aftermath of their diagnosis.”
- Carolyn Sargent, Washington University in St. Louis
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